Dear Department of Home Affairs,

I am seeking access, under the FOI act, to the document(s) that contain the templates/blurbs for each section of the FOI act that are used by decisions makers when responding to decisions.

Yours faithfully,

Tyson Smith

FOI, Department of Home Affairs

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FOI, Department of Home Affairs

OFFICIAL

In reply please quote:
FOI Request: FA 21/03/00554
File Number: OBJ2021/8412

Dear Mr Smith

Acknowledgement of Freedom of Information Access request

I refer to your correspondence received on 3 March 2021 seeking access to documents held by the Department of Home Affairs (the Department) under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (the FOI Act).

Scope of request

You have requested access to the following:

The document(s) that contain the templates/blurbs for each section of the FOI act that are used by decisions makers when responding to decisions.

Your request was received by the Department on 3 March 2021 and has been allocated FOI request number FA 21/03/00554 .
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-----Original Message-----
From: Tyson Smith <[FOI #7125 email]>
Sent: Wednesday, 3 March 2021 8:23 AM
To: FOI <[Department of Home Affairs request email]>
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Templates for FOI requests

Dear Department of Home Affairs,

I am seeking access, under the FOI act, to the document(s) that contain the templates/blurbs for each section of the FOI act that are used by decisions makers when responding to decisions.

Yours faithfully,

Tyson Smith

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FOI, Department of Home Affairs

OFFICIAL

 

In reply please quote:

FOI Request:   FA 21/03/00554

File Number:   OBJ2021/8412  

 

 

Dear Mr Smith

 

I refer to your request received on 3 March 2021 seeking access to
documents held by the Department of Home Affairs under the Freedom of
Information Act 1982 (the FOI Act), seeking access to:

 

The document(s) that contain the templates/blurbs for each section of the
FOI act that are used by decisions makers when responding to decisions

 

I can advise that the document you are seeking is publicly available,
having been published on the Department of Home Affairs website for the
date 30 October 2019.

 

The document can be found under FA 19/08/00333 on the Freedom of
Information 2019 Disclosure Log ([1]disclosure logs 2019
(homeaffairs.gov.au)).

 

Link to document: [2]Document Released - Part2 (11MB PDF)
(homeaffairs.gov.au)

 

As the document is already publicly available we will consider your
request withdrawn if you do not respond by COB Tuesday 23 March 2021.

 

 

Kind Regards

Position Number 60016903

FOI Officer | Freedom of Information Section

FOI and Records Management Branch | Data Division

Strategy and Law Enforcement Group

Department of Home Affairs

Email: [3][Department of Home Affairs request email]

 

 

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FOI, Department of Home Affairs

OFFICIAL

 

In reply please quote:

FOI Request:   FA 21/03/00554

File Number:   OBJ2021/8412  

 

 

Dear Mr Smith,

 

Freedom of Information Request

I refer to your email dated 3 March 2021 in which you requested access to
documents held by the Department of Home Affairs under the Freedom of
Information Act 1982 (the FOI Act).

You specifically requested access to:

The document(s) that contain the templates/blurbs for each section of the
FOI act that are used by decisions makers when responding to decisions.

On 16 March 2021, the Department notified you that the document you are
seeking is publicly available, having been published on the Department of
Home Affairs website for the date 30 October 2019. 

The document can be found under FA 19/08/00333 on the Freedom of
Information 2019 Disclosure Log ([1]disclosure logs 2019
(homeaffairs.gov.au)).

As no response was received by close of business 23 March 2021, the
Department considers that your request has been withdrawn and closed and
no further action will be taken on this request.

If you have any enquiries concerning this matter, please do not hesitate
to contact an FOI officer at [2][email address]

 

Kind Regards

Position Number 60016903

FOI Officer | Freedom of Information Section

FOI and Records Management Branch | Data Division

Strategy and Law Enforcement Group

Department of Home Affairs

Email: [3][Department of Home Affairs request email]

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